Please note that full details are not always available at the outset of a situation. Information and updates are posted as received. All general disruption posts are sorted by timeframe. Urgent notices such as power outages or snowfall information are posted at the top.

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COVID updates

UM COVID-19 Updates

  • Posted: April 21, 2020
  • Timeframe: April 21, 2020
  • Location: Entire Campus
  • Description: Operations and Maintenance updates regarding COVID-19

Fort Garry/Bannatyne Campus

  • Posted: June 11, 2020
  • Timeframe: June 10, 2020
  • Location: Entire Campus
  • Description:

    Fort Garry Campus Domestic Water Systems

    Limit water consumption for less used Fort Garry campus buildings

    The University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus buildings have been primarily closed for the past few weeks and months. With a prolonged closure, some under utilized water systems could result in discoloured, foul smelling, stagnant water due to a lack of water flow and the water sitting in the galvanized pipes.

    It is highly recommended that any buildings that have not been used routinely over the past few months make limited use of the water for consumption. As a precautionary measure, many of the water dispensers in low use buildings were disabled or signed “Out of Service” to avoid inadvertent use.

    Bannatyne Campus has remained flushed and in use for the majority of the shutdown, so is considered to be an acceptable quality and operational.

    If building occupants experience discoloured or foul smelling water, they are recommended to take the following actions:

  • Avoid using the water at this time.
  • Bring water from home or purchase bottled water for consumption.
  • Do not use discolored water for any purposes that require clean water (e.g., preparing food and beverages, laundry).
  • Follow the City of Winnipeg guidelines for discoloured water https://winnipeg.ca/waterandwaste/water/discolouredfaq.stm.
  • Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Customer Service Desk at 204-474-6281 or http://umanitoba.ca/campus/physical_plant/adminss/maintreq.html

    During COVID-19 there is restricted access to U of M facilities. Please contact John Dodd at EHS to discuss any sensitive equipment that needs to be checked on and how we can do that in a safe manner with the fewest people coming onto campus. John Dodd B.A., CRM, CBCP, CRSP, Director, Environmental Health & Safety (EHS), Cell: 204-290-4631, Office: 204-474-9083, Email: john.dodd@umanitoba.ca

Building and construction notices

UPDATED: St John’s College

  • Posted: September 29, 2020
  • Last updated: May 3, 2021
  • Timeframe: October 2, 2020 to June 30, 2021
  • Location: Chapel – Exterior south stairs
  • Categories: Building/Service Access
  • Description:

    Friday, October 2nd to Thursday, December 31st, 2020, the exterior stairs south of St John’s College Chapel will be replaced, see photo. Please use alternate stairs north of the residence building for this period.

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Andrew Lovatt, 204-298-2639, andrew.lovatt@umanitoba.ca

University Crescent – Steam Line Repair

  • Posted: January 20, 2021
  • Timeframe: January 19, 2021
  • Location: University Crescent – Northbound between Ellis and Animal Science Buildings
  • Categories: Construction
  • Description:

    A steam line is under repair on northbound University Crescent between the Ellis Building and Animal Science/Entomology. See attached map (PDF). Traffic in the area is narrowed to one lane around the construction site. Steam may be visible at times. Please note that this is not smoke.
    Barricades and safety signage will be clearly posted to safely direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians as required. Caution should be taken at all times during construction. Your patience and cooperation to ensure everyone’s safety is appreciated.
    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Vanessa Jukes at (204) 996-5489.

Isbister Building  

  • Posted: April 9, 2021

  • Location(s): Rooms 231, 231A, 231 cor, 231A cor, 231B cor, 231C cor

  • Timeframe (est): Monday April 12th  to Friday, June 4th, 2021 – Monday to Friday - 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM 

  • Category: Supply, Return and Exhaust Fan Shutdown

  • Overview: Monday April 12th  to Friday, June 4th, 2021 – Monday to Friday - 5:00 PM to 6:00 AM, Supply, Return and Exhaust Fans AHU1 and AHU2 will be shut down nightly for abatement.

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Mark Ager, 204-228-4664.

Armes Building

  • Posted: April 9, 2021

  • Updated: May 13th, 2021

  • Building(s):Armes Building  

  • Location(s): Armes Corridor - 100 Level including all Lecture Theatres

  • Timeframe (est): Monday April 12th to  Sunday, May 23rd, 2021

  • Category: Access Shutdown

  • Overview: Monday April 12th to  Sunday, May 23rd, 2021 due to abatement work, there will be no access to Armes Corridor 100 on level 100 (see link for details).  Stairways within the corridor are also closed.  Alternate access is available via level 200, directly above. During this duration all lecture theatres in Armes will be closed with no access.

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Jason Kasper, 204-223-7189.
     

Dentistry

  • Posted: April 15, 2021

  • Location: Entire Building

  • Timeframe: April 15, 2021 to May 15, 2021 from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

  • Category: Electrical Panel Identification

  • Overview: : Please be advised Physical Plant Staff will be entering rooms to identify and relabel electrical outlets and equipment to meet current Canadian Electrical Code standards. 

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to  Chris Green Chris.Green@umanitoba.ca 204-272-3078 or 204 230-2258

Bannatyne Campus

  • Posted: April 26, 2021

  • Building: Bannatyne Campus

  • Location: Reverse Osmosis Water System

  • Timeframe: Unknown

  • Category: Reverse Osmosis Water System

  • Overview: : Please be advised we have tested positively for low levels of chlorine in the Campus reverse osmosis water supply. Our staff are presently working to correct the de-chlorination process and a notice will be sent out when the chlorine issue has been resolved.

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to  Chris Green 204-272-3078 or 204 230-2258

UMSU University Centre

  • Posted: April 28, 2021

  • Updated: May 6, 2021

  • Location(s): Level 400 

  • Timeframe (est): Wed April 28th to Friday, May 7th, 2021 

  • Category: Supply and Return Fan Shutdown – AHU4

  • Overview:The AHU4 air handler that was found to have a broken drive shaft on April 28th, 2021 is down for repairs. The contractor has been on site to review the required repairs and will be machining a new shaft for the air handler. The company manufacturing the parts had a short delay with some of their staff availability. They don’t anticipate being able to complete the repair by Friday, but will work this weekend and intend to have it operating on either Saturday or Sunday. Barring any major issues that have not been foreseen, the fan should be operational for Monday morning, May 10th, 2021. 

    We apologize for the inconvenience.

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Physical Plant, Operations and Maintenance, 204-474-6281,

Architecture 2

  • Posted: May 3, 2021

  • Location(s):Elevator 

  • Timeframe (est):  Monday, May 3rd to Friday, May 14th, 2021,

  • Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day 

  • Category: Elevator Shutdown

  • Overview: Monday, May 3rd to Friday, May 14th, 2021, Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM each day, the elevator in Architecture 2 will be out of service for repairs. 
     
    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Alex Sopilnyak, 204-797-5644.

Architecture 2

  • Posted: May 4, 2021

  • Location(s): Level 100,200,300,400,500 and AHU1 and EF1

  • Timeframe (est):  Monday, May 10th to Monday, May 24th,  2021, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM , Monday to Friday 

  • Category: Supply, Return and Exhaust Fan Shutdown/ Fire alarm Shutdown

  • Overview:Monday, May 10th to Monday, May 24th,  2021, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM , Monday to Friday.  Supply, Return and Exhaust Fans will be off and smoke detectors covered for ceiling demolition in office areas,  on all floors.
     
    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Alex Sopilnyak, 204-797-5644.

Plant Science Building

  • Posted: May 6, 2021

  • Location(s): South bound lane of Service 3 St. S and the north half of the laneway between Plant Science and the Dairy Barn Art Studio. 

  • Timeframe (est): Starting Monday, May 10th 2021

  • Category: Road Closure 

  • Overview: The general contractor, Tractus Projects, will begin construction on the Plant Science Window Replacement project starting May 10, 2021.  This project will involve the use of a boom lift for accessing the windows and will require periodic road closures on both the south bound lane of Service 3 St. S and the north half of the laneway between Plant Science and the Dairy Barn Art Studio see map.  When the road closures are in place fencing will be erected around the area of the work and signage will be placed on each end of the fencing identifying vehicles to yield to oncoming traffic.  For the duration of the construction there will also be an enclosed secured disposal bin place at the north end of the Plant Science building.  The bin will be placed up tight to the building so as not to disrupt the laneway access.  During this work access to all entrances to the building will be maintained. 
      

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Andrew Sinclair, 204-229-8809. 
     

Fort Garry Campus

  • Posted: May 6, 2021

  • Location(s): All of Campus

  • Timeframe (est):  Sunday, May 30th at 6:00 PM until Monday, June 14th,  2021 at 8:00 AM

  • Category: Steam Shutdown 

  • Overview: Sunday, May 30th at 6:00 PM until Monday, June 14th,  2021 at 8:00 AM, the Annual Steam Shutdown will be occurring at Fort Garry Campus. This is essential for annual maintenance requirements. During this time frame all steam powered services such as steam heating systems and domestic hot water systems will be off. Steam to lab equipment and Food Service equipment will be unavailable. We will be providing domestic hot water where electric hot water stand-by heaters are available. Air conditioning, as well as normal building ventilation, will continue to operate during the shutdown. 

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Greg Kowk, 204-272-1513.

University Centre

  • Posted: May 6, 2021

  • Location(s): Chancellor’s Circle 

  • Timeframe (est): Friday,  May 14th,  2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM  

  • Category: Access Disruption 

  • Overview: The general contractor, Gardon Construction, working on the University Centre East Stair Restoration project will be pouring the concrete for the upper plaza level slab on Friday,  May 14th,  2021 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM .  For this work they will be parking both a concrete truck and pumper truck in front of University Centre, see the attached site plan for location of the concrete trucks.  During this time in order to maintain traffic flow on Chancellor Circle the contractor will be closing a section of the parking in front of the Administration building, see attached plan for location.  Prior to 9:00am the contractor will set up pylons to reserve both the location for the concrete trucks and to close off the parking area in front of the Administration building.  The contractor will maintain a safe and secure area for pedestrian and redirect pedestrian traffic around the area.
      

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Andrew Sinclair, 204-229-8809.

Basic Medical Sciences Bldg.

  • Posted: May 10, 2021

  • Location(s): Entire Building

  • Timeframe (est.): Fire Alarm Testing - Wednesday,05/12/2021 - 06:00 a.m. to 07:00 a.m.

  • Category: Fire Alarm Testing 

  • Overview: Please be advised that Physical Plant will be doing Fire Alarm Testing Wednesday,05/12/2021 - 06:00 a.m. to 07:00 a.m.

    During the fire alarm test, fire bells/horns will be pulsed for 5 seconds repetitively. It is important to note that if a true fire alarm happens to coincide with fire alarm testing, fire bells/horns will stop pulsing and will ring continuously, thereby indicating that you must exit the building and follow established evacuation procedures. Once again, pulsating fire alarm bells/horns indicate legislated, fire alarm testing by Physical Plant and do not require evacuation.

    Alarms will not ring in Animal facilities.

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to:  Chris Green , 204-272-3078. 

Apotex Centre

  • Posted: May 11, 2021

  • Location(s): Building Wide Fire Alarm/Bell Strobe Testing 

  • Timeframe (est.): Wednesday, 05/12/2021 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

  • Category: Fire Alarm Testing 

  • Overview: Scheduled fire alarm bell/strobe testing is taking place this Wednesday, 05/12/2021 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 7:30 a.m.

    During the fire alarm test, fire bells/horns will be pulsed for 5 seconds repetitively. It is important to note that if a true fire alarm happens to coincide with fire alarm testing, fire bells/horns will stop pulsing and will ring continuously, thereby indicating that you must exit the building and follow established evacuation procedures. Once again, pulsating fire alarm bells/horns indicate legislated, fire alarm testing by Physical Plant and do not require evacuation.

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to:  Chris Green , 204-272-3078. 

Brodie Centre/JBRC

  • Posted: May 10, 2021

  • Location(s): Entire Building

  • Timeframe (est.): Thursday, 05/13/2021 – between the hours of 06:00 a.m. -  07:00 a.m.

  • Category: Fire Alarm Testing 

  • Overview: Please be advised that Physical Plant will be doing Fire Alarm Testing Thursday, 05/13/2021 – between the hours of 06:00 a.m. -  07:00 a.m.

    Please ignore the fire alarm testing signal during this period. If a true fire happens to coincide with fire alarm testing, you will hear verbal notification. 

    Alarms will not ring in Animal facilities until scheduled in advance.

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to: Tom Mirwaldt, 204-798-3822.

Brodie/JBRC

  • Posted: May 13, 2021

  • Location(s): Outside of 727 McDermot Ave Entrance

  • Timeframe (est.): Thursday, 05/13/2021 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Category: Entrance/Egress due to tree stump removal

  • Overview: Please be advised barricades and caution tape will be in place to keep pedestrian traffic at a safe distance from a tree stump removal taking place at the 727 McDermot Ave entrance to the Brodie / JBRC  building on Thursday, 05/13/2021 between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Please use caution when entering or exiting the building. 

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Chris Green, 204-272-3078.
     

Parker Building

  • Posted: May 13, 2021

  • Location(s): All Building for Drains,  100 Level for Fire Alarm Shutdown 

  • Timeframe (est): Thursday, May 13th , 2021 starting at 4:00 PM until May 14th, at 8:00 AM

  • Category: Drain Shutdown/ Fire Alarm shutdown  

  • Overview: Thursday, May 13, 4pm - Friday, May 14, 8am: All drains in the Parker building will be offline to accommodate contractor work. This includes all drains from all sources in labs, washrooms, etc.  All washrooms, sinks and fountains will be unavailable. The nearest alternate washrooms can be found in Allen or Wallace.  Drains will be operational again after 8am on May 14. 

    Questions or concerns regarding this disruption can be directed to Mark Ager, 204-228-4664.

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